A vehicle stop in Sydney’s CBD has led to the surprise discovery of almost $6.5 million worth of Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL).
Detectives made the shock find after pulling over a hire car on Yurong Street in Darlinghurst around 4.30pm on Friday, 15 March.
After a quick conversation with the 37-year-old driver, officers became suspicious and searched him, allegedly finding cash and drugs believed to be ice.
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A search of the Toyota Corolla he was driving also uncovered approximately 27kgs of GBL, $20,000 cash, and various electronic devices and documents that police say are allegedly linked to the supply of prohibited drugs.
The man was arrested and taken to the local police station, where he was charged with supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, supply prohibited drug and two counts of dealing with proceeds of crime.
He appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday 16 May, where he was refused bail to re-appear before Central Local Court on Tuesday 7 July.
Further investigations led detectives to a Regents Park factory on Monday 18 May, where they seized 724kgs of GBL.
A further 56kgs of GBL was also seized during a search warrant at a unit in Hunters Hill yesterday, with officers also dismantling a clandestine laboratory set up within the home.
The total amount of GBL seized by investigators to date is approximately 807 kilograms, with an estimated potential street value of a whopping $6.5 million.